Limit meaning

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The definition of a limit is a boundary or point where something ends or the maximum amount allowed.

An example of a limit is a child only being allowed to play on the block on which their house is located.

An example of a limit is a parent telling their child they can only spend ten dollars at the toy store.

An example of a limit is a dog on a four-foot leash.

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The point, edge, or line beyond which something ends, may not go, or is not allowed.

The 12-mile fishing limit; the limit of my patience.

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The boundary surrounding a specific area; bounds.

Within the city limits.

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Something that restricts or restrains; a restraint.

The child needs to have limits put on his behavior.

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The greatest or least amount, number, or extent allowed or possible.

A withdrawal limit of $200; no minimum age limit.

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The point, line, or edge where something ends or must end; boundary or border beyond which something ceases to be or to be possible.
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The largest amount which may be bet at one time in games of chance.
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One that is intolerable, remarkable, or extreme in some other way.

“That's the limit!” the babysitter exclaimed after the child spilled a glass of milk.

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To confine or restrict with a limit.

Let's limit the discussion to what is doable. The offer limits us to three for a dollar.

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Bounds; boundary lines.
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(mathematics) A value to which a sequence converges. Equivalently, the common value of the upper limit and the lower limit of a sequence: if the upper and lower limits are different, then the sequence has no limit (i.e., does not converge).

The sequence of reciprocals has zero as its limit.

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(logic, metaphysics) A determining feature; a distinguishing characteristic.
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(poker) Being a fixed limit game.
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To restrict; not to allow to go beyond a certain bound.

We need to limit the power of the executive.

I'm limiting myself to two drinks tonight.

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(mathematics, intransitive) To have a limit in a particular set.

The sequence limits on the point a.

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The greatest number or amount allowed.

To catch the limit for a day of trout fishing.

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The maximum amount which may be bet, or by which a bet may be raised, at one time, as in poker.
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A fixed quantity or value which a varying quantity is regarded as approaching indefinitely.
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To confine within bounds; set a limit to; restrict; curb.
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A number or point for which, from a given set of numbers or points, one can choose an arbitrarily close number or point. For example, for the set of all real numbers greater than zero and less than one, the numbers one and zero are limit points, since one can pick a number from the set arbitrarily close to one or zero (even though one and zero are not themselves in the set). Limits form the basis for calculus , where a number L is defined to be the limit approached by a function f(x) as x approaches a if, for every positive number Ɛ, there exists a number ẟ such that | f(x)−L | < Ɛ if 0 < | x−a | < ẟ.
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In the futures market, the maximum daily allowable amount that a futures contract may advance or decline during one trading session.
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The number of positions that one trader may hold in the market.
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A restriction; a bound beyond which one may not go.

There are several existing limits to executive power.

Two drinks is my limit tonight.

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(mathematics) Any of several abstractions of this concept of limit.

Category theory defines a very general concept of limit.

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(category theory) Given diagram F : J → C, a cone (L, φ) from L ∈ Ob(C) to F is the limit of F if it has the universal property that for any other cone (N, ψ) from N ∈ Ob(C) to F there is a unique morphism u : N → L such that for all X ∈ Ob(J).
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(poker) Short for fixed limit.
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The final, utmost, or furthest point; the border or edge.

The limit of a walk, of a town, or of a country.

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Shakespeare.

The limit of your lives is out.

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the limit
  • Any person or thing regarded as unbearable, remarkable, etc. to an extreme degree.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

the limit

Origin of limit

  • Middle English limite from Old French border from Latin līmes līmit- border, limit

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin limes (“a cross-path or balk between fields, hence a boundary, boundary line or wall, any path or road, border, limit").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English limiten, from Old French limiter, from Latin limitare (“to bound, limit, fix, determine"), from limes; see noun.

    From Wiktionary